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In order to keep the information accurate, this will be the only thread on this recall. I will update this initial post with up to date information, and all relevant follow-up posts will be below. You are welcome to comment in this thread only, please do not start a new thread.

Aprilia has issued a recall for a number of Aprilia RSV4-R's and RSV4 Factories. The recall requires replacing the complete engine. While the information is still preliminary, we will update you with all the information available to us, as soon as we get it.

Aprilia Italy has issued the recall campaign, and Aprilia USA is expected to release the letter to dealers tomorrow, and mail letters to registered owners as well.

Aprilia USA has stated that there have been no failures and this is purely a precautionary recall so that there are not part failures in the future. We have not yet been informed as to what part is at issue.

We have also been informed that all bikes on the road in the USA will have engines available within the next two weeks, if not earlier.

We should know more tomorrow, and we will post new information as it becomes available.
 

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Damn, complete engine replacement... That's going to be expensive. It must explode or something when it fails cause that's a pretty drastic step.
 

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I think the OP on the Aprilia forum is a representative from Aprilia and is making an official statement on the forum. IDK.
 

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bunch of bikes at a Euro launch went bang on track because of a faulty batch of con rods that were out-sourced by Aprilia its been all over the bike tabloids here but apparently they've sorted it out now.
 

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Official Press Release

"Dear Dealer,

As you may have seen from the motorcycle press websites today, the Mugello press launch of the Aprilia RSV4-R was cancelled following a series of engine failures.

Thirty pre-production RSV4-R’s were produced for the press launch and five of these bikes were affected with mechanical breakdowns.

All the engines were immediately stripped and the problem traced to a faulty batch of con-rods from the supplier.

The exact nature of the failure was attributed to the big end journal section of the con-rod being machined “off-centre” creating inconsistent stress bearing and terminal fatigue after only 300km.

Clearly it is worth remembering that 1,000 units of the RSV4 Factory are being enthusiastically ridden across the world without any failures of this type.

However, we are working with the factory and con-rod supplier to identify if any of the faulty batch have been fitted to engines destined for UK customers.

Our priority is to deliver machines of perfect mechanical integrity carrying on the proven success of the RSV4 Factory.

We will advise you on any impact this may have to expected delivery dates, however I am sure you and your customers will appreciate the care and time taken to release these amazing motorcycles in excellent order.

Yours faithfully

Phil Read

Group Marketing & Communications Manager "
 

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bunch of bikes at a Euro launch went bang on track because of a faulty batch of con rods that were out-sourced by Aprilia its been all over the bike tabloids here but apparently they've sorted it out now.
I figured this would potentially effect the final production models too, sucks for Aprilia since this is going to cost them big $$$. Still wish I owned one though - if anyone does now would be a perfect time to do a trackday and thrash the hell out of the engine, since your getting a new one anyway :ciao:
 

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Its nice they are offering to pick up the bike and take care of everything....Honda should have done this on the 08 1000RR's
 
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